Welcome to Work from Home Series~Part III…
We have spoken about what “I” have done in the past/present, what is out there if you want something ‘structured’ with criteria to meet, people to ‘report’ to…but what if you want your own business but do not want the overhead, and maybe are not one to ‘sell’ an actual product? Then what?
This is when you sit down with a notebook and start writing ideas of what you CAN do. One of the top ways to start working toward your own business is to start a blog.
A blog you say? But how will that make me money? Blogging doesn’t immediately start rolling in the money-but it is a starting point. You can start a free blog on blogger through Google, although I feel, and this is just my opinion… it usually takes money to make money. For instance you can get a .info domain name through GoDaddy for $3.24, at the time of writing this for the first year. You can get inexpensive hosting for $5.00 a month or less or more. $5.00 a month is 1 Pay-Per-View movie, or 1 Dunkin Donuts Coffee Latte Large with whip cream, or….well you get the picture. So an inexpensive domain name, and $5.00 for your first month hosting, less than $10.00 to start. You might have to start with a free wordpress theme or find a friend that is just starting out designing-but its ok- you are just starting out. BUT with a self-hosted blog you can put ads on it, ie. Google Adsense, paid posts, guest posts that can make you money. One post for $15.00 pays your initial investment and leaves you a profit of approximately $5.00.
SO now what do you blog about? These are some ideas to ponder:
Parenthood: Pregnancy, Babies, Toddlers, Children, Teen-agers, Young Adults: you have either been one, had one, raised one,or know one, have known some….
Have you worked in a previous job and maybe are now home with the child(ren)? You can write about it. How to’s are very popular and most likely there is someone out there that is wanting/needing more information on that subject.
Do you cook, bake, have a camera? You can blog about it, include pictures, share your recipes, your dishes etc.
Have you watched children, had a daycare, worked in a daycare, know the rules in your state? Again you can write about it.
Do you use coupons? This is a huge market-how to save money, where to save money….
How to use Social Media, how to use SEO
How to interview for a job, how to make a resume, how to prepare for a new job (scheduling, home/work life ….etc)
Being a Mommy, being a Daddy, being a Grandma, single mom household, single dad household, grandparent raising their grandchildren
Covering entertainment (TV shows, Movies, Books etc)
Book Reviewer, Author of a book(s)
Game Review Site
Humor, Jokes, Funnies
Local Website (about your town, area, tourist type)
What other ideas can you come up with? When starting a web site, it is nice to have a niche but isn’t required. As you can see from my list there are so many different things you can blog about. You can also combined some of these things. I didn’t even mention a review/giveaway site-but sometimes you want to start out and get some time/posts into it before pitching companies. This will give you a following which PR people like to see before they hand over their product.
As long as you remember it doesn’t happen overnight. You have to build and surround yourself with online people that you can see how they do things. Want to be a blogger about Entertainment? Search on Facebook for Entertainment pages- or Google “Entertainment” for websites. Then fan/follow as many as you can to see how they do things. (This is just an example). There are so many options to write about. People really enjoy reading other people’s ‘real-life’. Toddler stories are funny, and enjoyable. In this day and age a lot of sites are mainly full of promotion (there is nothing wrong with that) but the art of blogging is being lost-and you can help find it again.
Once you get your idea, get your domain name, get your hosting……sign up with Google Analytics (to track your site), and Google Adsense (google.adsense.com) to sign up to put ads on your website. These are just for starters.
Since you are on my website-you will notice I do offer hosting ($5.00 a month) for my smallest plan~Perfect for the new blogger… feel free to contact me via my contact form. OR any other place you want to host through; doesn’t have to be me. The biggest thing this alleviates is all of your hard work when you decide you want to transfer to self-hosted and have to pay someone to do so -you will have saved yourself $135 (give or take) and the headache of hoping all of your posts, comments come over…just trying to save a bit of headache. Also think of it as an investment in YOU.
Just a few tips:
When purchasing a domain name try not to make it TOO controlled. Meaning “Mommy’s Blog on Diapering”…isn’t going to give you a lot of leeway if after the diapers are gone you want to write about saving money. So possibly “Luanne’s Life Adventures” just for instance…
Purchase 1 year to start for your domain name ‘just in case’ you find it isn’t what you wanted to do after all…
Surround yourself with like-minded people.-cause honestly most of my family doesn’t get ‘what i do’… but that is ok, cause I do.
Enjoy what you do-and remember “how do you eat an elephant?” – One Piece at a Time. The same with a new business-take it one piece at a time.
To avoid too much information; as I feel I have given you probably more than needed for this post- I will continue this in “Work from Home Series~Part IV”
If you are just arriving here and haven’t had a chance to read Part I and Part II you can find those 2 links right below here in this post:
And by the way IF you are already a blogger- leave your link in my comments with your ‘Specialty’ after it…or niche or what have you… this way people looking for models can find you easier!